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Latest Sightings:

Great Blue Heron in Lincoln

March 25, 2020

A great blue heron in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A great blue heron in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this great blue heron along the Sudbury River in Lincoln.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

March 24, 2020

An American robin at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American robin at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common raven at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common raven at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house finch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house finch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A female red-winged blackbird and European starlings at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A female red-winged blackbird and European starlings at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American robin, a black-capped chickadee, a common grackle, a house finch, a northern cardinal, a red-tailed hawk, a female red-winged blackbird along with European starlings, and a male red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Birds in Maynard

March 24, 2020

A Carolina wren in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Carolina wren in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A common grackle in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A common grackle in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A tree swallow in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A tree swallow in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed a Carolina wren, a common grackle, an eastern bluebird, and a tree swallow in Maynard.

Eastern Bluebirds in Wayland

March 24, 2020

An eastern bluebird in Wayland, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Wayland, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Wayland, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Wayland, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed these eastern bluebirds in Wayland.

Great Blue Herons in Southborough

March 24, 2020

Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these nesting great blue herons on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Mallard in Marlborough

March 24, 2020

A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Squirrel and Chipmunk in Framingham

March 24, 2020

An eastern chipmunk in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern chipmunk in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray squirrel in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray squirrel in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an eastern chipmunk and a gray squirrel in Framingham.

Northern Cardinals in Sudbury

March 23, 2020

A pair of northern cardinals in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A pair of northern cardinals in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed this pair of northern cardinals in Sudbury.

Red Squirrel in Lincoln

March 23, 2020

A red squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A red squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this red squirrel in Lincoln.

Birds in Bolton

March 22, 2020

An American goldfinch in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
An American goldfinch in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
An American goldfinch in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
An American goldfinch in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A common raven in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A common raven in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A common raven in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A common raven in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A red-tailed hawk in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A red-tailed hawk in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.

Jon Turner photographed an American goldfinch, a common raven, and a red-tailed hawk in Bolton.

Red-tailed Hawk preys on Snake in Framingham

March 21, 2020

A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk with a snake in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

A red-tailed hawk with a snake it captured in Framingham.

Backyard Birds and a Squirrel in Sudbury

March 20, 2020

A black-capped chickadee in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A black-capped chickadee in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A blue jay in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A blue jay in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A house finch in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A house finch in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A mourning dove in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A mourning dove in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A northern cardinal in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A northern cardinal in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A tufted titmouse in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A tufted titmouse in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A white-throated sparrow in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A white-throated sparrow in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.

Sue Feldberg photographed a black-capped chickadee, a blue jay, a gray squirrel, a house finch, a mourning dove, a northern cardinal, a tufted titmouse, and a white-throated sparrow in Sudbury.

Woodchuck in Lincoln

March 20, 2020

A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this woodchuck in Lincoln.

Hooded Mergansers and Painted Turtles in Bolton

March 18, 2020

Hooded mergansers and painted turtles in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
Hooded mergansers and painted turtles in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.

Jon Turner photographed a pair of hooded mergansers passing by several painted turtles sunning in Bolton.

Mute Swans and Canada Geese in Northborough

March 18, 2020

A mute swan at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan and Canada geese at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan and Canada geese at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan and a Canada goose at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan and a Canada goose at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute swans at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute swans at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a pair of nesting mute swans as they drove Canada geese away from their nest at Bartlett Pond in Northborough.

Feeder Birds in Framingham

March 17, 2020

A tufted titmouse in Framingham, photographed by Steve Moro.
A tufted titmouse in Framingham, photographed by Steve Moro.
A downy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Steve Moro.
A downy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Steve Moro.
A white-breasted nuthatch in Framingham, photographed by Steve Moro.
A white-breasted nuthatch in Framingham, photographed by Steve Moro.

Steve Moro photographed a tufted titmouse, a downy woodpecker, and a white-breasted nuthatch in Framingham.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

March 16, 2020

A blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue jay at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A European starling at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A European starling at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house finch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house finch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a blue jay, a European starling, a house finch, a house sparrow, and a red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Common Mergansers and Ring-necked Ducks in Northborough

March 16, 2020

A pair of common mergansers at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of common mergansers at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of common mergansers at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of common mergansers at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-necked duck at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-necked duck at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-necked ducks at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-necked ducks at Bartlett Pond in Northborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a pair of common mergansers and ring-necked ducks on Bartlett Pond in Northborough.

Birds in Bolton

March 15, 2020

A Cooper's hawk in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A Cooper's hawk in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A downy woodpecker in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A downy woodpecker in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A downy woodpecker in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A downy woodpecker in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
Hooded mergansers in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
Hooded mergansers in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A great blue heron in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A great blue heron in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A great blue heron in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.
A great blue heron in Bolton, photographed by Jon Turner.

Jon Turner photographed a Cooper's hawk, a downy woodpecker, hooded mergansers, and a great blue heron in Bolton.

Signs of Spring in Bolton

March 15, 2020

Hazelnut catkins and a bud in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Hazelnut catkins and a bud in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A mourning cloak butterfly in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A mourning cloak butterfly in Bolton, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.

Dawn Dentzer recorded a video of a spotted salamander rising to the surface for air at a vernal pool in Bolton. Dawn also photographed a mourning cloak butterfly and the catkins and bursting bud of a hazelnut there, too. The mourning cloak butterfly, which shelters through our winter season, is often one of the first butterflies we see as spring approaches.

Wood Frogs in Sudbury

March 14, 2020

Wood frogs at a vernal pool in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Wood frogs at a vernal pool in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.

Dawn Dentzer photographed these mating wood frogs and wood frog eggs at a vernal pool near Tipling Rock in Sudbury.

A Mute Swan and a Ring-billed Gull in Marlborough

March 12, 2020

A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan on Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull with a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull with a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull dropping a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull dropping a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull diving for a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull diving for a fish at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a mute swan landing on the water and a ring-billed gull dropping a fish it had caught over Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Northern Flicker in Maynard

March 12, 2020

A northern flicker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A northern flicker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A northern flicker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A northern flicker in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed this northern flicker in Maynard.

Red-winged Blackbird in Southborough

March 12, 2020

A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Carolina Wren and Eastern Bluebird in Sudbury

March 11, 2020

A Carolina wren in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A Carolina wren in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A Carolina wren in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A Carolina wren in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
An eastern bluebird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
An eastern bluebird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
An eastern bluebird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
An eastern bluebird in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed a Carolina wren and an eastern bluebird in Sudbury.